During the week of 21st November 2022, ITSCI, in partnership with the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) organised a workshop in Rubavu district for members of the Rwanda Women in Mining Association (RWIMA). A total of 26 women attended the workshop which covered several topics related to geology and mineral exploration in Rwanda. Participants discussed subjects including mining law and regulations, ITSCI procedures and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, the check list for ITSCI field visits in Rwanda, the ICGLR certification, mining standards and environmental protection and the gender strategy in the Rwanda mining sector. The workshop also included a field visit to Ceminyaki site to see best practices that can help members of the association improve their activities at their respective mines.

RWIMA members were thankful for the support provided by ITSCI and suggested strengthening collaboration as the association is still very young. They also committed to supporting the respect of mining laws and regulations and ITSCI procedures and to working closely with different stakeholders in the mining sector. Grateful for ITSCI, Ms. Chantal Mukakabera said: ‘Members have learned a lot on how to improve their way of working to put in place the necessary infrastructure for women at the mine and make the sector more attractive given that mining has been a very complex environment for women.’

RWIMA’s vice president, Ms. Jeannette Mutesi stated: ‘I thank ITSCI for this constructive workshop that allowed women miners to gain more knowledge related to their day-to-day work. Women are motivated to continue their work and change the mindset regarding women’s role in the mining sector. Meanwhile, I suggest ITSCI avail another budget for regular training including topics related to company management.’

Established in 2019, RWIMA was officially launched the 24 March 2022 to promote the integration of women in the mining sector. The association brings together women operating in the Rwandan mining and quarrying sector.

Group photo with RWIMA members after the workshop

RWIMA members visiting Ceminyaki, November 2022